Experience the Schubert Club Museum

Located on the second floor of Saint Paul’s iconic Landmark Center, the Schubert Club Museum offers visitors a reflection on the joys of music-making through the centuries. From a massive “cyclone” sculpture of instruments, through the gallery of of historic keyboards, to the impressive collection of correspondence from famous composers, the Museum opens a window on the inspiring role of music in people’s lives.

Additionally, visitors can step back in time and hear music boxes and phonographs dating back to 1900.  Next they can play and compare the mechanics of several keyboard instruments spanning from four different centuries.  Innovation Station is the last stop where visitors can experiment making music on unique instruments, created from items you’d never expect!

Always FREE admission. Guests will be introduced to the Schubert Club Museum by an interpretive guide in this orientation space. They will also encounter a massive sculpture of instruments.

Keyboard Evolution

Explore the way in which keyboard instruments changed over time beginning with the Italian Harpsichord and ending with the Streicher Grand Piano.

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Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection

The Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection is an impressive collection of over 100 pieces of correspondence by many famous musicians. The manuscripts on display will change on a rotating basis.

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Play, Listen, Learn

“Music in the Home”
The history and context for the creation of music boxes will be explored, including Edison’s revolutionizing invention of the phonograph as a result of his quest to improve the telegraph and the telephone. An important connection can be drawn from music boxes, to phonographs, all the way to record players, CD players, and MP3 players.

Gamelan Music
Gamelan music is one of the great musical traditions of the world, beginning nearly 1,000 years ago. Learn about this unique and interesting musical culture and try the instruments yourself.

Schubert and the Recital Tradition
Step back in time and explore the history of recital music and learn about our namesake. Play and compare the mechanics of several keyboard instruments spanning from four different centuries.

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Tours

An interpretive guide is on staff to provide tours. Groups of 5 or more are encouraged to call ahead. After-hours tours may be possible by special arrangement. Please email Kate Cooper at kcooper@schubert.org.

Teacher Resources
Museum Tour Teacher Guide (PDF)
Tour Vocabulary (PDF)
Sound I Found Worksheet (PDF)
Keyboard Discovery Worksheet (PDF)
Science on a String Worksheet (PDF)

 

Keyboard Studio

Come experience “The Living Collection” of the Schubert Club, a studio of playable copies of historic harpsichords and fortepianos. This is an excellent opportunity for instructors, students and artists to experience early periods of music on these instruments modeled after the original keyboards of the 17th and 18th centuries. Advanced booking is required by contacting Jessica Johnston at jjohnston@schubert.org.

The Thelma Hunter Recital Room

A beautifully decorated music parlour which serves as a space for performances and social gatherings.

Location

Second Floor of Landmark Center
75 W 5th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102 directions

Cost

No admission charge

Hours

NEW Regular Hours Beginning July 1:
Thursdays: 12pm-7pm
Fridays: 12pm-4pm
Sundays: 12pm-4pm
Tours outside of regular hours are available by appointment when scheduled in advance. 

To schedule a tour and other inquiries, contact Kate Cooper at 651-292-3266 or kcooper@schubert.org
 
Museum Closed: 
April 21, Easter
May 26-27, Memorial Day
July 4-5, Independence Day & No First Thursday
September 1-2, Labor Day
November 28-29, Thanksgiving
December 25, Christmas
January 1, New Years Day
 
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